There has not been any great talent without an element of madness. -Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Source: De tranquillitate animi, XVII.10
Contributed by: Zaady
A giant will keep his size even though he will have stood in a well. -Colossus magnitudinem suam servabit etiam si steterit in puteo
The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves.
Source: Moral Essays, "De Tranquillitate Animi" (On Tranquility of Mind)
The road be precepts is tedious, by example short and efficacious.
Source: On Travel as a Cure for Discontent
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.
Source: On a Happy Life (L'Estrange's Abstract), chap. i.
What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles, is little more than choice to him that struggles.
Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.
Source: Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 4
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
There is nothing which persevering effort and unceasing and diligent care can not accomplish.
To wish well is part of becoming well.
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